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Weekly Wisdoms for the week of August 16, 2021

The way you know you've been given life, hope, and a future is when you begin giving those away to everyone else.

When you get something that you really love, you can't help but tell other people about it. For example, if you get a really cool new car, everyone around you will hear about it. When you meet an amazing person, you can't help but tell others about him or her. You're not making a deliberate effort to talk about that person; rather, it just seems totally natural to want to talk about him or her.

In the same way, if you've experienced God's miraculous work in your life (e.g., salvation), you don't have to try really hard to force yourself to tell others about God; it just comes naturally—it's what you want to do. What He did for you was so great that you want to brag about Him. But in order to come to the point in life where you can't help but talk about God, you first must experience the greatness of God. As the psalmist says, you need to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).

Ingest and digest God's glory. It's interesting that the psalmist used tasting rather than seeing, hearing, smelling, or feeling. Notice that out of the five senses, only when we taste something do we actually get it inside of us. We're not supposed to just hear about God's glory or see his glory at a distance, we need to taste God for ourselves.

Let God get in you and become a part of your identity. Then, when people see you, they'll recognize that you look a lot like Jesus because you'll be giving them the same thing He gave you—life, hope, and a future.

Wisdom is to do now what you will be satisfied with later.

From a practical standpoint, wisdom is to do now what you will be satisfied with later.

This means that if you know doing something will be very beneficial later, then you do it now even if you don't want to. The opposite is also true: a person who lacks wisdom will base his or her actions on what feels good right now instead of looking at the long-term picture.

For example, say you want to eat a snack, but you aren't hungry. You might say to yourself, "Well I know I shouldn't eat this, but ... ." And then you decide to keep eating even though you are full. Your actions followed your feelings instead of wisdom, and it's a decision that may lead to results you're not happy with later.

Clearly, wisdom requires using self-control to choose to do what is better. A wise person looks at the end results instead of focusing only on his or her immediate circumstances. In short, wisdom is to do now what you will be satisfied with later.